The use of forced child labor in harvesting cotton in Uzbekistan has gotten the attention of more than 60 international apparel companies, including Adidas, Li & Fung, New Balance, Columbia Sportswear, Eddie Bauer, Puma, PPR, VF Corporation, Burberry, C&A, Carrefour and The Jones Group. They have all vowed not to use cotton sourced from Uzbekistan until the International Labor Organization has verified that the use of forced child labor has ended.
The pledge has also been signed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association, which represents more than 800 brands. The Responsible Sourcing Network is coordinating the pledge. European and American advocacy groups and Uzbek human rights groups have been fighting the practice since 2004.